Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Volume 1


The Yearbook of Muslims in Europe provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Europe. Covering 37 countries of western, central and south-eastern Europe, the Yearbook consists of three sections: the first section presents a country-by-country summary of essential data with basic statistics with evaluations of their reliability, surveys of legal status and arrangements, organizations, etc. providing an annually up-dated reference resource. The second section contains analysis and research articles on issues and themes of current relevance written by experts in the field. The final section provides reviews of recently published books of significance.

The Yearbook is an important source of reference for government and NGO officials, journalists, and policy makers as well as researchers.

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Jørgen S. Nielsen, Ph.D. (1978) in Arab history, American University of Beirut, has researched and published extensively on Islam in Europe, including “Muslims in western Europe” (3rd ed., Edinburgh University Press, 2004). He is currently Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

Samim Akgönül, Ph.D. (2001) historian and political scientist, is Associate Professor at Strasbourg University and senior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He studies the evolution of minority concepts as well as religious minorities in Eastern and Western Europe.

Ahmet Alibašić is a lecturer at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Sarajevo, and director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Sarajevo. He was educated in Kuala Lumpur (Islamic studies, political sciences, and Islamic civilization). He also served as the first director of the Interreligious Institute in Sarajevo (2007-2008).

Brigitte Maréchal, Ph.D. (2006) in sociology, graduated in political sciences and islamology, is Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain. She is director of Cismoc (Centre Interdisciplinaire d’Etudes de l’Islam dans le Monde Contemporain) and published extensively on European Islam.

Christian Moe, Ph.D. candidate, history of religion, University of Oslo, is a freelance writer and researcher in Slovenia, focusing on Balkan Muslims, human rights, and religious reform. He is co-editor of New Directions in Islamic Thought (I. B. Tauris, 2009).

Editorial Assistant
Nadia Jeldtoft is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Centre for European Islamic Thought at the University of Copenhagen. She works on minority issues and religious identity of Muslim minorities in Europe and is currently focusing on everyday forms of Islam with non-organized Muslim minorities in Germany, England and Denmark. She has recently published “Other Muslim Identities - a study of non-organized Muslim minorities” [Andre Muslimske identiteter - et studie af ikke-organiserede muslimer] in Islamforskning 1:2008.
The Yearbook of Muslims in Europe fills an important gap in the study of Muslims in Europe by providing relevant data and analysis of issues pertaining to Muslims in various European nations. As such, it provides a valuable reference tool for anyone who wishes to study Islam in Europe in a serious manner. (...) All in all, this is an outstanding volume, highly recommended to reference libraries and researchers. - Ermin Sinanovic in Religion and Politics, Volume 4 (2011), Issue 3

"...this first [Yearbook] has made an excellent start and will quickly prove its worth to scholars, students, commentators and policy-makers."
Douglas Pratt in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 21.3 (2010), 307-309.
Table of Contents

The editors
Editorial Advisers

Part 1: Country surveys, Edited by Jørgen S. Nielsen, Ahmet Alibašić and Brigitte Maréchal

- Introduction
- Defining Muslims, by Nadia Jeldtoft
- Country surveys:

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Czech Republic
United Kingdom

Part 2: Analysis, Edited by Samim Akgönül and Christian Moe

Turkey-EU relations: The impact of Islam on Europe, Ayhan Kaya

European Muslim youth: Towards a cool Islam?, Miriam Gazzah

Muslim veiling controversies in Europe, Dominic McGoldrick

Media and Muslims in Europe, Isabelle Rigoni

Freedom of expression and religious feelings, Niraj Nathwani

Part 3: Book reviews, Edited by Christian Moe and Samim Akgönül

Islam in Europe: Diversity, Identity and Influence. By Aziz Al-Azmeh and Effie Fokas (eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 (Christian Moe)

The New Frontiers of Jihad: Radical Islam in Europe. By Alison Pargeter. London/New York: I.B. Tauris, 2008 (Marc Sageman).

The Study of Religion and the Training of Muslim Clergy in Europe: Academic and Religious Freedom in the 21st Century. By W.B. Drees and P.J. van Koningsveld (eds). Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2008 (Martha Frederiks).

Islam and Muslims in Germany. By Ala Al-Hamarneh and Jörn Thielmann (eds). Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2008 (Gerdien Jonker).

Young, British and Muslim. By Philip Lewis. London: Continuum, 2007.
Young British Muslim Voices. By Anshuman A. Mondal. Oxford: Greenwood World Publishing, 2008 (Claire Dwyer).

The Muslim Brothers in Europe: Roots and Discourse. By Brigitte Maréchal. Leiden: Brill, 2008 (Lena Larsen).

Penser l’islam dans la laïcité. Les musulmans de France et la République. By Frank Frégosi. Paris: Fayard, 2008 (Thierry Zarcone).

Stolen Honor: Stigmatizing Muslim Men in Berlin. By Katherine Pratt Ewing. Stanford/California: Stanford University Press, 2008 (Nikola Tietze).
Researchers, students, journalists, government and NGO officials, and officials of international organizations working with minorities, migration and Muslim communities inside and outside Europe.